Volleyball Heads to Chattanooga for Weekend Tourney
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont heads to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Country Inn & Suites Invitational Friday, Sept. 17- Saturday, Sept. 18. The Bruins will face Chattanooga, first time opponent James Madison, and Central Florida in the final non-conference tournament of 2010.
A rematch with the Lady Mocs, who beat Belmont in a 2-3 heartbreaker in the Curb Event Center on Sept. 7th is up first for the Bruins, with first serve set for 6:30 p.m. Friday. An early morning meeting with James Madison out of the Colonial Athletic Association starts off the day Saturday at 8 a.m. Belmont closes the weekend with a 3:30 p.m. match against Central Florida.
The Bruins will look to get back on track after having lost four of their last five matches, including two-five set matches: one to Chattanooga and one to Duquesne last weekend in the Active Ankle Challenge. Belmont is 4-8 and would like to pick up a few more wins before starting conference play next Saturday. The Bruins are 4-3 all-time against the Lady Mocs and are 2-2 when playing at Chattanooga. Against teams from the Southern Conference, Belmont is 9-21 and owns a 3-11 mark on the road.
Although the meeting with James Madison is a first between the two programs, the Bruins have faced other teams out of the Colonial Athletic Association and own a 4-7 mark against teams from that conference with most meetings coming against former A-Sun opponent Georgia State. Belmont is an even 2-2 in neutral site games versus the CAA.
When the Bruins face Central Florida on Saturday it will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2004 and the first between Belmont and UCF Head Coach Todd Dagenais who is in his third year as coach of the Knights. The Bruins are 0-4 all-time against UCF. The two teams have never met on a neutral court.
Belmont will close out its 2010 non-conference slate with this weekend's matches and a Tuesday meeting against regional power Western Kentucky. The Bruins will travel to WKU in search of their first ever win against the Lady Toppers. First serve for that match is set for 7 p.m. The team will return home Saturday, Sept. 25, to face Florida Gulf Coast and start conference play.